Skip to comments.Gingrich, vowing 'national' campaign, jabs at Santorum (Incoming!)
Posted on 02/09/2012 12:32:36 PM PST by VinL
ledging to run a "national campaign" and denying he faces a do-or-die "Alamo" moment in Texas -- whose April 3 primary will award 155 delegates -- Newt Gingrich accused newly minted frontrunner Rick Santorum of being a "Big Labor Republican" who has attacked the Tea Party and amassed a voting record conservatives will find "dubious."
In an impromptu interview at the Fox News Washington bureau, the former House speaker claimed Santorum's clean sweep of this week's nominating contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri shows that the Republican presidential primary is a "wide open race" he can still win. Asked if Santorum's ascendancy deprives Gingrich's own candidacy of oxygen, Gingrich maintained that he appeals to a wider and deeper constituency in the GOP electorate.
"Among Tea Party members, I have a much stronger following than Rick does. And they understand that it's principled and that I am supportive of the Tea Parties; I am not attacking them, as he did," Gingrich said.
His campaign cited a 2011 video, now circulating online, in which Santorum can be heard telling an audience in Harrisburg he has "real concerns" about efforts by the Tea Party to refashion conservatism, and added that he planned to "vocally and publicly oppose it."
But Gingrich didn't stop there. While calling Santorum a friend,
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Just my view- Rick might be over-reaching going after Romney man-on-man in Mich-- he can't overcome that Romney, GOP-E attack machine.
I wish Newt and Rick would unite against Romney- but doesn't look like that's going to happen.
Oh well, start the clock.
I about as full of Newt as I am his daddy, Boortz.
Rick beats Romney in the Heartland/Midwest.
Newt beats Romney in the South.
Romney wins nothing but the wacko northeast.
works for me...as long as Slick Mitt is gone...
I’m happy with Newt and Rick in there, slogging thru the proportional states. If either one has to drop out, that
guys’ voters and delegates have a place to go. Where I have trouble, though, is in the winner-take-all venues... I hope that both campaigns, at least on their own, take it upon themselves to strategize how to keep Romeny from getting those states that he would otherwise not get, presumably by knowing who/when to quit. A personal preference for Newt here, but either works. The ONLY path to 25% Romeny, is for both Newt and Rick to be below 25%.
Santorum is a good and decent man, but I don’t think anyone seriously thinks he can run this country with the problems we have.
None of the candidates are perfect, but let’s face it, Newt has been there, and can get things done. He also has the most perfect vision of where our has been and what it can become. Anyone over the age of 50 should see that.
When Santorum and others attack the man’s ideas, calling him a dreamer, they really don’t understand that all Americans are dreamers or at least our ancestors were.
I’ve been for Newt now for 4 months. No remorse. This should be a two man race either Romney and Newt or Newt and Santorum, but the whole debate is getting dilute.
Santorum obviously will say anything to appeal to the people he talking to on any given day. He’s got no substantial record as being anything other than a senator who got beat badly in a liberal state.
Excuse me, but the TX primary won't be in April.
There's just 1 southern primary so far. Newt won, primarly because he was the anti-Romney. It's quite possible Santorum could win several southern states on Super Tuesday now that Santorum has won 4 states. Newt has an awful lot of baggage.
Rick has been slamming Newt all along. Glad to see Newt doing some payback. I just wish both of them would concentrate on Mitt but Rick has not been able to help himself. GO NEWT GO!
Noot can’t stand someone else getting attention. His massive ego craves the spotlight. Go Rick Go!
We did manage to lose Florida.
Go Santorum! In my humble opinion, the best chance we have at defeating Obama.
Plus as pathetic as it seems, that hair dye job, that Mr. Fantastic 4 look of RINOmney, makes him come across as a fraud. May seem inconsequential, but people (like my mother) base their whole voting decisions on stuff like that.
She voted for Clinton and Obama solely on their looks despite my best efforts to convince her otherwise. I told her if she votes for Obama again I will disown her as her son. So now she says she likes Rick. Not because he's the most conservative, but because "he looks the best and seems nice".
And I don't care what anyone tells me, people like my mother are what determine elections. Only a small percentage follow politics intently. If you don't believe me, ask people on the street who is Obamas VP. Do that Jay Leno thing: "What country did we win independence from?" France? Noooo....Russia? Noooo..Those are the answers you get. The majority of people are 'tardbags when it comes to elections. They base their decisions like they make decisions over food.
"Ted Kennedy! I love you man!"
“Romney wins nothing but the wacko northeast.”
Florida and NEvada are in the Northeast now??
FR such as yourself have sustained me over the past two weeks. I’ve turned off the TV, radio, NRO...(long ago the idiot thinking Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin) and especially Rush. I get all my news from FR.
The many, I would think 60% of us here, are solidly behind Newt. The other 20% are wishy washy, then you have 20% who are anti Newt and like Santorum or who actually think Santorum is the real deal.
Sorry Folks, he’s not. He the generic republican who has not been vetted but will be soon, and friends you are going to be very very disappointment at the package this guy is selling.
I’m not even sure if he’s VP timber.
I can’t tell you what it is, perhaps you can. There is something about the guy that is plastic. He’s off, kinda like when you’ve been talking to someone who excessively, fanatically pious and you know he’s got a rip up there in his brain.
I’m not saying he’s stupid, I’m saying the guy is winging it. He’s getting better over time, but compare him Newt. Newt has thought these issues thoroughly. He taught classes, he spoken to every contingency from poor latinos to poor blacks.
He can relate and communicate with all of them.
Thank you, for hanging in there. Each posting that tells me Newt is not leaving the race makes me feel better.
Newt needs to make a quick point about Santorum and then pivot against Obama. Stay positive on message.
Florida isn’t very southern culturally.
Really? Anyone who thinks Santorum is the best possible candidate for our times, is probably just as naive as he is.
This guy is a light weight. The vast majority see that here.
I predict also that, something will surface soon about him.
Florida, this time of year, may as well be. If they had not moved the primary up, the snow birds would have been gone and it would have helped. If Newt had not counted on the lift he got in South Carolina from everyone saying, “Vote Newt or Romney wins” to carry him to a win in Florida, it might have been different as well. He could not overcome the money being spent. In the general, even Romney is likely to be at a spending disadvantage (in the abysmal case that Robama wins.)
I am TIRED of Newt attacking GOP canidates...if he wants traction, attack the ENEMIES.
whose April 3 primary will award 155 delegates”
Aint gonna be an April 3 primary in Texas. Earliest is April 17, and it grows later daily.
Nothing against Rick, Newt Gingrich is an extrodinary man with extroidnary talents, abilities and capabilities that we desperatly need as a country to survive.
They are running for office, and it is fair to point out the opponent’s weaknesses.
It should also be pointed out that Rick’s primary target has been Mitt, not Newt. For example:
Just Damn!!! The tired, old, angry Adulturer and the slick-tongued, lying, RINO are hell-bent now on destroying Santorum. They’ve already destroyed any chance either of them had to defeat Obozo with their destructive, negative in-fighting. I hope Santorum wins the nomination and those two have to sit in the Gallery at the Convention scratching their ba**s and their butts.
When is truth an attack? Santorum takes out ads against Newt. I don’t recall Newt doing that.
But I do agree with you. He’s best when he’s positive and on message about our country, and kicks Obama.
I've noticed, you watch, and then tell me. It's his body language. When he talks, his hands, face and body are not in sync with his words. Don't know what that means, but he looks to be very uncomfortable.
North Florida is Southern, South Florida is not so Southern.
When that happened he fought back...Something I think most of us would have done.
How it was done....might be of issue.
Mitt has a money machine...and it does what it does. Make no mistake about that.
Obama and the Dims are the enemy. No doubt about it.
But I have a feeling...that Mitt will not attack Obama like he's attacked fellow Republican's.......
“I am not attacking them, as he did,” Gingrich said.
umm you’re the one who attacked Wall Street and ‘inhumane’ immigration policy while pandering to the open borders crowd.
Santorum is a good and decent man, but I dont think anyone seriously thinks he can run this country with the problems we have.
Bullshit!!! Apparently a lot of “anyones” in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado think he can. Hell, I could run this country if I am smart enough to surround myself with good, Conservative people who have the intellect and the stamina to fix our problems. That’s something Obozo did not have sense enough to do.
“Thank you, for hanging in there. Each posting that tells me Newt is not leaving the race makes me feel better.”
I want the old Newt back. I don’t want this new Newt who has to resort to leftist arguments in order to score a cheap shot.
If your mom’s in New York like you are, there’s no need to waste time worrying about how she’ll vote in the general election. Make some phone calls to PA where the effort might count for something:)
Excuse me, but the TX primary won’t be in April.
That’s news to me. Did they change the date again? It was originally set for March Super Tuesday, but was moved to April 3rd due to the court battle over the new Redistricting Map. When did they move it from April? I just heard an announcement, on the radio this a.m. on the way to work, from the TX State GOP and they said it was April 3rd. Whassup? Did they move it to May?
It’s getting old talking about baggage. Newt’s been vetted and lied about by Mitt,Santorum,the MSM,Fox(not conservative anymore)talk radio,debate moderators and the list goes on and on.Newt has done more for conservatism than all the others.
This country needs him to get us back on tract.
By the way I admire Perry for putting his country first.
Will do, I have a cousin who lives in PA as well.
Bottom line, Santorum is extremely close to G.W. Bush in both personal matters and politics. Newt is very close to Cheney politically and in style. That ticket is electable. I’d rather Newt at the top of the ticket. But I believe Santorum is always going to rate as more likable than Newt and that is an asset in the general election. Bottom line, I’m comfortable with our chances with either of those guys at the top and I think in either combination they’d give us as conservative a government as we could hope for. I expect both of them to hold to the right and not backtrack on any campaign promises.
GOPee is not afraid of Rick. They are sure he wouldn't be able to fight GOPee as effectively as Newt, He's become plan b, unless there is a brokered convention, when they will bring out Daniels or some other squishy candidate.
This doesn’t sound like an attack that would hurt Santorum in the general election. Unions are doing just fine in Ohio, and down but not out in Wisconsin. Heck, Newt has already proven himself too conservative for some voters in the primary (NH, FL). Sad but true. I’m afraid this attack by Newt could backfire, and just help Rick in the Midwest where they already seem to like his corporate welfare proposal for the manufacturing industry.
I don't believe it's a case of Newt being "too conservative". It's more like Newt being "too unstable".
There is a thing called "Presidential Temperament". Whether Newt has it or not is a very open question.
I agree, Santorum is a lightweight. Too many people are satisfied by what he says he believes. The ability to get things done is not so apparent.
Bottom line, Santorum can’t win in November because there is only the scantiest of evidence of leadership in him. He comes off like a guy who can’t blow his own nose without resorting to a bottle of nose drops, and there’s nothing in his history to reassure us otherwise.
There went all your current and future credibility.
Now that California is open primary, Mitt can swipe the country’s biggest block of delegates with Democrap crossovers.
If it looks like Newt needs the delegates, maybe Perry will have time to get TX set up as winner-take-all. :)
I’m judging by the exit polls. They showed that voters voted for the candidate that was close to their ideology. As I recall, Newt won with conservatives, but Mitt won with the moderates. Not saying every state went down that way, just NH and FL.
I will not click on that jerk Rosen’s blog. He is on my bad list ever since he did a piece on Brett’s show about 2 weeks ago in which he basically said that Saul Alinksky was a good guy.
All, behold the typical Santorum supporter (it's rich hearing him complain about about "destructive, negative" actions of Gingrich!!! LOL!). You can tell a lot about a candidate by the behaviour of his supporters. Though to Santorum's credit, not ALL of his supporters are as weak and emotional as no dems is in the post copied above, though I'd say many are, whereas Newt's contingent, at least on FR, is mostly represented (with some exceptions) by folks with deeper and more carefully thought conclusions as to why they reject Santorum and support Newt.
GODSPEED NEWT GINGRICH.
Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Defense and Foreign Policy
Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
Voted for the START II Treaty.
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban anti-personnel landmines.
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay raises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyrannical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the Presidents authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea.
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program.
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture).
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge.
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN.
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge.
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit.
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge.
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge.
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge.
Voted against National Right to Work Act.
Voted against repeal of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages.
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor.
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding.
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding.
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization.
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here.
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representatives from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device.
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of assault weapons by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.
Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional pay raise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapists, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter backup plan to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require state and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators.
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens.
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border patrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.
Voted against food stamp reform.
Voted against Medicaid reform.
Voted against TANF reform.
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion.
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.
Sponsored an amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million.
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museums Olympic Sculpture Project (WA).
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion.
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million.
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL).
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry.
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a states highway allocation.
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%.
Voted against transferring $20 million from AmeriCorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies a new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against allowing consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing.
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.
I doubt that the GOPee attack machine will do much against Rick
Good point- you may be right.
You guys only condemn Gingrich when he is forced to counter the unfair attacks from Romney and Santorum, but remain silent when those 2 started the unfair attacks.
Remember Gingrich called for a clean campaign but Romney started it visciously, and Santorum took advantage of it to jab at Gingrich unprovoked!
It is impossible to turn the other cheeks in a political campaign. Romney’s viscious attacks sank Ginrich until Gingrich fights back. Now Santorum starts it and you guys are all over Gingrich.
It is like Gingrich is the step-child!